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Preparation Was Key Says Jordan Hugill

5 August 2017

Jordan Hugill felt what set North End apart from their opponents this afternoon was the work done before a ball was even kicked.

It's been well documented how thorough manager Alex Neil is in his preparations since his appointment earlier this month, and Hugill felt that was pivotal to North End's 1-0 victory on the opening day against Sheffield Wednesday today.

"The preparation we've done for this game has set us up for it," told Hugill to iFollow after the victory.

"We've been working hard all pre-season and as you can tell from today, the things we've put in place over the pre-season has been working so it's good to see from our point of view and to get the win was even better.

"We always wanted to get off the mark with a win and to be involved in the goal is brilliant."

The forward came on after the hour for Sean Maguire, sparking the only goal of the game after being fouled inside the box by Tom Lees before the referee pointed to the spot.

North End's No.9 was named amongst the substitutes this afternoon after a ten day setback with an injury, but was pleased to play at least some part of the opening day win.

Hugill added: "I've been out for about ten days with a little niggle in my groin but I was alright and felt great today - I came off the bench and got the penalty for the goal.

"I was shaping up for the shot and then my feet gave way from underneath me so it was a good decision from the referee.

"We matched them all over the pitch today - we had the better of the ball all game and that's what we've been planning for in training.

"We kept it tight at the back so credit to the defence today - we did well as a team going forward and at the back.

"It could have been a more comfortable conclusion to the game had Hugill's goal late on not have been disallowed by the referee, and the 25-year-old took to iFollow to express his view of the incident.

"I didn't see much wrong with it," continued Hugill."He said it was handball - I might not have agreed with that and that's probably what I got booked for but as a striker I'm always going to try and get myself towards the right position."

Watch Jordan's interview in full with iFollow by clicking on the link above now.


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